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Zohar Peled
Zohar Peled

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What's your best response to "I don't know why this isn't working"?

Mine was a few years ago, when a colleague sitting next to me started asking herself "Why isn't this working? I don't understand it! I've tried anything I can think of..."
At this point I've turned to her and asked "Well, Did you sacrifice a goat?"

BTW, she found and fixed the bug the second she started to explain the problem to me.

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Stephen E. Chiang • Edited

'Try restarting the machine/server'

Or

It works on my machine

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Fulton Browne

Have you googled it?

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Pan Chasinga

Did you pray to Jon Skeet?

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Jakob Attkinson

FYI: that's called "rubber duck debugging".